Corbett, James John

Corbett, James John

(kôr`bət), 1866–1933, American boxer, b. San Francisco. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett won (1892) the heavyweight boxing championship from John L. SullivanSullivan, John Lawrence,
1858–1918, American boxer, b. Roxbury, Mass. After gaining a local reputation in amateur boxing, the Boston Strong Boy, as Sullivan came to be called, toured New England cities and after 1878 boxed professionally.
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 at New Orleans and lost (1897) the title to Robert L. FitzsimmonsFitzsimmons, Robert L.,
1863–1918, British boxer, b. Cornwall, England. Fitzsimmons began fighting professionally in Australia and New Zealand before going to the United States in 1890. He won the world's middleweight championship in 1891. In 1897 he defeated James J.
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 at Carson City, Nev. He failed (1900, 1903) to regain the title in fights with James J. Jeffries. Corbett also appeared on the stage and in films and wrote The Roar of the Crowd (1925).
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